first_img1 Phil Jones and Chris Smalling The season is just nine days away and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dropped the biggest hint yet about his side’s starting line up against Tottenham in the season opener.The Dutchman has recruited impressively so far this summer, overseeing the arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian and compatriot Memphis Depay.The additions have intensified the competition for places at Old Trafford, with members of last year’s class likely to make way for some of the new faces.Following Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago, Van Gaal revealed that Darmian, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw would all definitely start the Spurs game.“I have to start with a formation and when a formation is doing well I let them play in that formation,” he told the Daily Mail.“I think I shall play Shaw with Blind and Matteo Darmian and then the right central defenders position I have to consider.“I am pleased with Darmian. As you can see, he can play left and right.”That begs the question: if United, as expected, are to operate with a back four, who from Chris Smalling or Phil Jones will have to settle for a place on the bench?Of course, if United’s summer transfer plans had unfolded as planned, Sergio Ramos might be in the picture, but the Spain star is now on the verge of a new Real Madrid deal after flirting with the prospect of Manchester.With moves for Ramos and Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi now allegedly dead in the water, Smalling is likely to get the nod. Van Gaal clearly favours the ex-Fulham man, despite mistakenly calling him Mike in a press conference last week, after an impressive back end to the last campaign.Blind, a fellow Dutchman, also appears to have received his manager’s blessing ahead of Jones, whose versatility has ultimately hampered his ability to specify a consistent role.In midfield, the new £40m central midfield partnership of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger are likely to displace the unfortunate Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick, although that may change for away and European fixtures.The final area still in contention is the attacking midfield positions. Depay is tipped to make his full debut start catching the eye on the US tour and is likely to be unleashed in central areas, despite shining out wide for PSV. Juan Mata emerged as a talisman in the second half of last term as United clinched Champions League qualification, so is another to almost certainly feature.The other position, on the left side of a three behind captain Wayne Rooney, may well be occupied by Ashley Young. The 30-year-old reinvigorated his career last season, becoming a surprise key figure to ultimately outshine record signing Angel di Maria and seemingly end his Red Devils career rather prematurely. Young’s form looks set to be rewarded with a new contract, and his challenge now will be proving to his manager that his purple patch wasn’t simply a flash in the pan.With that all in mind and taking United’s pre-season tour matches into consideration, this is how we expect the Red Devils to line up at Old Trafford on August 8:center_img How would you like to see Manchester United line up against Spurs?last_img read more

first_img Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was reportedly thrown out of a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning Arsenal and other football fans have had their say on the latest Jack Wilshere controversy.Even though he was not in breach of any club rules by being out on Saturday night, the fact he was reportedly kicked out of a club and spoken to by police after a fight took place probably won’t sit well with manager Arsene Wenger.In footage obtained by the Mirror, a number of officers can be seen speaking to Wilshere in a rubbish-strewn alleyway as his friends try to shield the star from onlookers.In 2010, the midfielder was cautioned for common assault. He has also been cautioned by police for spitting, while he has been spotted smoking on nights out three times in the past. Here, talkSPORT looks at the reaction from fans. 1last_img read more

first_imgDear Leslie, What can you do if your salary is non-negotiable? I don’t ask for a raise because I am certain my boss would rather replace me with a younger, cheaper employee. I have made my peace with this situation because I get to work the schedule I want, 30 hours a week. But it still bothers me sometimes knowing I’m not getting paid what I am worth, especially considering my years of experience. Dear Reader, If you are fearful your boss will fire you simply for asking for a raise, you probably do not have much job security anyway. I suggest you start thinking about Plan B. But if, as I suspect, you don’t want to ask because you are afraid of getting a “no,” I hope you’ll reconsider. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 To get a raise, you have to believe you deserve it. Prepare a request backed up by research about the prevailing rates for someone with your experience in your area, and you may get a fair hearing. Emphasize the benefits of retaining someone with your seasoning over hiring a greenhorn. Are you more efficient? More accurate? More trusted by the customers? Figure out exactly how valuable you are. If your boss says the budget is tight, that is not “no” but rather “not right now.” Ask for a review when times are better, say in three or six months. Inquire about other benefits. More time off? More support staff? Be creative in trying to identify something that may not cost the company much but would be valuable to you. Another way is to get a better offer from somewhere else, then ask your employers to beat or match it if they want you to stay. Just make sure it’s a better offer than your current situation in case they say “goodbye and good luck.” Whatever happens, you’ll be ahead of where you are now. After a little research, you may realize you don’t have such a bad deal, or you may have new impetus to find a better job – each valuable in its own way. Dear Leslie, I was invited to fly to New York for a job interview. I live in Milwaukee and only discovered when I got to the interview that the salary was $20,000 below what I would consider. Negotiating experts say you should not discuss salary until you have an offer in hand, but when lots of time and travel is involved, isn’t that a foolish strategy? Dear Reader, That depends on your goals. If time is tight, you’ve got strict salary requirements and you can’t find out through your own network of contacts, ask your prospective employer about the salary range before liftoff. But if you’ve got a little extra time and appetite for adventure, the trip might pay off in other ways, even if the job is not a perfect fit. Depending on the circumstances, you may be treated to a crash course in your competition, or a completely different industry or part of the country. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s Fitness columnist Emmet Rushe, owner and operator of Rushe Fitness, takes us through five easy ways to get more veggies in your diet! One of the biggest struggles that people can have when it comes to nutrition is vegetables. It surprises me every time that I hear an adult saying that ‘they don’t eat vegetables’.One reason that I am constantly surprised is that there is a huge variety of vegetables and it seems impossible that people could dislike each and every one of them.When you dig deeper into the issue, you will usually find that as a child, they were made to eat some sort of boiled to death vegetable and this was the root cause of the issue.When you dig even deeper, you usually find that they do eat vegetables, in the form of stir fry, curry etc., but not as a side dish to a main meal. The main issue then is not the vegetables, it is the God-awful, bland way that they were cooked and the fact that they were forced upon you as a child.Today I am going to help you out. I am going to give you a few different ways to cook vegetables that will not only add flavour to them, but will give you a new found respect for our Cruciferous friends.I first came across these ideas from Dr Mike Roussell, a nutritionist who works with A list athletes and actors in New York.Stuffed Italian Peppers – This recipe makes 4 large servings.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat; add 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 12 ounces of 95% lean ground beef.With a spatula, break up the ground beef and cook until the beef is browned. Drain off excess fat and place the beef in a bowl.Return the pan to medium heat, add 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 2 minced cloves of garlic.Once garlic is tan (not burned), add 4 small courgettes (cut into small pieces) and one diced onion.Sauté until the onions become translucent. Add ground beef back to the frying pan, a 24 oz jar of pasta sauce, and 2 large handfuls of baby spinach.Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, slice the tops off the peppers and remove the core, seeds, and white membrane from inside all of the peppers.Place peppers in a 9×13 baking dish with ¼ inch water at the bottom of the pan.Fill each pepper with meat/vegetable sauce.Bake in the over for 30 minutes.Spoon 1 TBSP of cheese onto each pepper; bake for another 10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Sautéed Spicy Cabbage Place 1 TBSP toasted sesame seed oil in a frying pan with 2 cloves of minced garlic over medium heat.Let the oil warm and the garlic cook until the garlic begins to tan.Add 4 cups of shredded green cabbage and 1-2 tsp of Sriracha sauce (Thai garlic chili sauce).Stirring often, cook until cabbage softens and becomes translucent.Serve and enjoy.Roasted Brussels Sprouts Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut 10-15 Brussels sprouts in half and toss in a bowl with a TBSP of balsamic vinegar.Arrange sprouts on a baking sheet with the cut side down.Season with salt, pepper, and bake for 20 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Rosemary Roasted TurnipsRoasted turnips are a great lower carbohydrate substitute for roasted potatoes either by themselves or in a dish such as pot roast.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.Peel and cube 4-5 tennis ball sized turnips.Toss in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh minced rosemary and thyme (dried herbs also work but the fresh provide a much better flavor).Roast in a baking dish for 25 minutes stirring halfway through cooking.Serve and enjoy.Ginger Soy Marinated Grilled CourgetteCut 2-3 medium sized Courgettes into 2-3 inch strips (approximately the size of steak fries).Toss in a bowl or large Ziploc bag with soy sauce, powdered ginger, and black pepper (time permitting marinate in the refrigerator for several hours before cooking).Cook Courgette strips on grill for 7-10 minutes until softened or place the Courgette strips on a baking dish and bake for 7-10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.There you have it. 5 ways to make eating vegetables more enjoyable, by having a little imagination and adding some flavour and different cooking techniques.#TrainSmartIf you have any other questions or concerns you would like me to cover, please message me on Facebook or if you prefer to find out a bit more about me and what I offer you can find out more at my websiteDD Fitness: 5 ways to eat more vegetables was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitnessreciperushe fitnesslast_img read more

first_imgEamonn McDaid was one of those killed in the 2010 crashA Judge has spoken to the families of those who died in Ireland’s worst fatal road crash, telling them that a case against a local man will be prioritised in the court list.Judge John O’Hagan said all involved in the case, in which eight people died in a crash in Inishowen in 2010, were anxious to have the case heard. The case against Shaun Kelly (24) of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana was called at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. He is charged with causing the deaths by dangerous driving.Mr Kelly’s barrister Peter Nolan said the accused man’s mother was in court and he told Judge O’Hagan that he understood that the families of the deceased wished to address the court.Mark McLaughlin: Died in the Inishowen crashJudge O’Hagan however said that it would be unwise to allow relatives to address the court.He said the case will take three to four days and it would be given priority at the next sitting of the court.He adjourned the hearing until October 29.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.The crash happened at Meenaduff between Buncrana and Clonmany.JUDGE MAKES INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE A PRIORITY was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowen death crash caselast_img read more

first_imgIT’S been a part of the way of life in Rathmullan for years.And now the famous ice cream shop in the seaside town has had a makeover – and more!Once owned by the Gallen family, the ‘Litl Belles & Shells’ shop overlooking Lough Swilly has been pulling in new customers over the bank holiday weekend with its new decor and scrummy ice cream. It is now owned by the good people who run the town’s equally famous ‘Salt ‘N’ Batter’ fish and chip shop and restaurant.And it is now serving superb roasted coffee and a range of other treats for locals and visitors alike this summer.If you get fed-up building sand castles, there’s always the pool tables inside. ICONIC SEASIDE ICE-CREAM SHOP GETS MAKEOVER AND MORE! was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ICONIC SEASIDE ICE-CREAM SHOP GETS MAKEOVER AND MORE!last_img read more

first_img After South Pasadena fumbled its punt attempt deep in its own territory, Moors running back Anthony Brown scored on a 13-yard run to start the scoring. The Moors defense held once again on the Tigers’ next possession, allowing Moors quarterback Jacob Proctor to connect with wide receiver Zion Babb for a 75-yard touchdown pass. ALHAMBRA — Alhambra High School dominated both sides of the ball in defeating South Pasadena High 32-0 on Friday night. Alhambra was able to drive effectively against South Pasadena’s defense, scoring on its second play of the game. Alhambra was able to pull out a solid victory despite a number of penalties. ”The game was a good victory,” Alhambra coach Gil Ruedaflores said. ”I was just a little disappointed in our team discipline with all of those penalties. ”We’ve got a pretty good group of kids. They are very team-oriented.” Ruedaflores said the Moors were able to come out and accomplish the goals they set for themselves, including the shutout. ”The defense was nice,” Ruedaflores said. ”That was our goal and we achieved it, so I’m happy for our defense.” The defense held South Pasadena to zero yards rushing on seven carries in the first half. The Moors were able to force two special-team turnovers as well as an interception and a fumble. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Alhambra scored again later in the second quarter on another Brown rush from 7 yards out. Proctor hit wide receiver Devin Lopez for the two-point conversion. South Pasadena showed some signs of life early in the third quarter, forcing the Moors to punt early. But Alhambra quickly bounced back with an 85-yard drive, capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Jason Campos. Alhambra scored again in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard Brown run, making the final score 32-0. Brown finished the game with 135 yards on 22 rushes and three touchdowns. Proctor was 10 of 16 for 195 yards passing, with one touchdown and one interception. Babb led the team receiving with 5 catches for 139 yards. last_img read more

first_imgLETTERKENNY AC’s Ivan Toner picked up yet another 5k title this evening, taking the tape at Raphoe Family Resource Centre 5k.But where did you come?All the results are below:  Raphoe 5K15th July 2014PositionRace NumberTimeNameCategoryClub154216.04Ivan TonerSMLetterkenny AC267518.05James CrossanSMLifford AC357718.11Zachary McGowanJMDerry City Track Club463718.39Martin GormleyM40Letterkenny AC558518.49Conor CallaghanSMKillygordon Crossroads Running654519.22Maura KearnsSWDonore Harriers AC756319.27John TaylorM50858019.31Martin DunleavyM40Finn Valley AC960419.40Karol McGinleyJM1058619.52Shaun BoyceM401168120.02Patrick SweeneyJMLifford AC1261620.04James StevensonSMLifford AC1367420.08Francis GildeaSM1456920.09Michael McGowanSMFoyle Valley AC1552720.10Zak BrollyJMRaphoe Road Runners1664420.12Cathal MorrisonM401767620.15Denis BonerM40Rosses AC1859120.17Liam McHughM50Finn Valley AC1958120.19Seamus McCallionM50Foyle Valley AC2058420.19Eoghan McGillSMKillygordon Crossroads Running2158220.21Adrian McHughM402260620.22Breda McGintySW2354320.24Jane McGinleySWLetterkenny AC2454720.26Dominic CarlinM40Lifford AC2555920.27Sean O LearyM50Finn Valley AC2654820.30Aaron MooreSMLifford AC2762820.42Liam ClearyM40Lifford Fit4life2858820.42Philip KellySMLifford AC2964220.51Kevin GreenanM503059620.54Garrett McCarronSMLifford AC3154920.58Gerard CampbellM40Lifford AC3252521.00John SweeneySMRaphoe Road Runners3364321.01Lorcan PageSM3457621.11Martin MaileySMConvoy AC3567021.11Eimear GallenW40Finn Valley AC3657921.15Gabriel McCrossanM50Letterkenny AC3762021.17Ton BangertM603866221.25Garret McDermottSM3966121.27Sabrina MackeyW4024/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4061821.28Seamus NallenSM24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4154021.28David McNultySM4255721.37Damian MurphySM4356221.49Patrick McNultySM24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4459021.59Patrick McDaidM40Lifford Fit4life4555522.09Patrick Foxy MartinM404657022.10Paul McNameeM40Lifford AC4753222.10Andrew LeightonM404854422.12Sam FaulknerSM4965022.17John McElwaineSMLifford AC5055822.18Mary HippsleyW45Finn Valley AC5154122.22Camilla McGranaghanSWCity of Derry Spartans5253722.27Laura MaguireW455361422.28Caroline McGuireW45Finn Valley AC5457822.30John HughesM505553122.31Eugene McGinleyM40Raphoe Road Runners5666622.35Ciara CrossanJW5756822.36Jackie HarveyW50Tír Chónaill AC5864122.37William DohertySMOwen Roes5960322.38Eugene McGinleyM406063822.40Eimear GormleySWLetterkenny AC6154622.49Luke NelisSMRaphoe Road Runners6257522.50Gerard BaxterSMRaphoe Road Runners6362522.57Don SmithM50Convoy AC6463023.03David WilsonSMDrumoghill Running Club6556723.04Vera HaugheyW50Tír Chónaill AC6658323.05Patsy McHughM406750323.08Joe GallenM50Lifford Fit4life6860523.16Gráinne HoustonSW6955023.16Darren ReidM40Lifford AC7060823.24Joe McNultySM7156423.25Gloria DonagheyW50Finn Valley AC7251623.26Michael Mc GlincheyM40Unattached7361723.27Clare MolloySW7464723.30John PorterSM7561523.32Jonny StewartSM7666323.32Denise McGahernW40Finn Valley Fit4Life7753423.35Jordan PageJM7851923.54Rachel BellSWRaphoe Road Runners7966424.00Marie McColganW40Finn Valley Fit4Life8065924.01Noel McNultyM50Lifford AC8162624.07Niall McGlincheyM40Convoy AC8253624.16Philip ConnollyM60Letterkenny AC8356124.20Brian DuffySM8463124.25Kevin HeffernanM40Lifford Fit4life8553324.28Fiona DeeneySWRaphoe Road Runners8662924.43Jonathan WilsonSMDrumoghill Running Club8758924.55Damien CaldwellM40Lifford Fit4life8851124.57Kathy Ann GibsonSWUnattached8961125.03Ray PorterSMD&G Group Training9067125.03Josephine DonagheySW9167325.22Eileen MorningW409257425.22Lisa KilpatrickSWRaphoe Road Runners9362125.24Marjan BangertW509460925.30Catherine McDevittSW9552625.30Corey BrollyJMRaphoe Road Runners9659825.32Terence QuinnM509751325.35Linda Mc BethSWRaphoe Road Runners9857125.39Bríd McConnellSWRaphoe Road Runners9957225.39Eamonn McConnellM40Castlefinn Running10052225.50Grace O DonnellSWUnited Health Group10159725.52Raj MehanSMRaphoe Road Runners10262326.21Joe BreslinM50Lifford Fit4life10352126.24Ian CrawfordSMUnited Health Group10463226.25Jim HynesM6010563926.27Lynn ParkeSWConvoy AC10661026.30Lorna GoudieSWD&G Group Training10755626.30Anthony LairdM50Raphoe Road Runners10862426.33Brid McCaffreyW45Convoy AC10966526.34Kerry RowanW40Finn Valley Fit4Life11066026.38Rose LynchSW11161926.38Majella McHughW40Drumoghill Running Club11253826.41Amanda HeeneyW4011356526.45Nicole MartinJWLifford AC11455127.13Bredge KellyW4011553527.14Enda SlevinSMRaphoe Road Runners11664027.16Shauna CoyleSWRaphoe Road Runners11752027.19Elaine ParkeSWUnited Health Group11852327.20Veronica KilpatrickW40United Health Group11958727.46Sinéad BoyceSWFinn Valley Fit4Life12067227.56Damian MonaghanM40Lifford AC12159427.57Samantha BovairdSW12250828.01Louise GoudieSWUnattached12368028.01Alice LynchW45Lifford AC12463328.03Yvonne CairnsW45Lifford AC12568328.18Andrea McGowanSWFinn Valley Fit4Life12662228.24Kay BonnerW50Convoy AC12750728.29Caroline Mc CurdyW45Lifford AC12863628.32Audrey ParkeSW12951028.35Melanie PearsonSWUnattached13065728.36Grannia McElhinneySW13164828.43Vause CoyleSMD&G Group Training13259928.47Gabriel ClarkeM50Lifford AC13363429.09Clement ClarkeM50Lifford Fit4life13450129.21Mary Mc GranaghanW40Raphoe Road Runners13552829.21Paul BrollyM40Raphoe Road Runners13666929.35Gary LynchJM13764929.49Olivia DullaghanSWKillygordon Crossroads Running13850929.54Rosalind NelisSWRaphoe Road Runners13951430.02Emma ConnaghanSWCastlefinn Running14056630.04Hannah McGettiganJWLifford AC14161230.08Bobby GoudieJMD&G Group Training14251530.09Tracy MatthewsonSWCastlefinn Running14365230.12Rory CraigJM14456030.19Masoud BakinM4014550630.19Aiden GallenJMUnattached14662730.26Lauren BovairdSW14763530.37Roisin McBreartySW14851230.39Ciara O’FlanaganW40Raphoe Road Runners14955230.42Leanne QuinnSW15055330.42Ashleen TempleSW15166830.51Rosaleen LynchW4015252431.08Naomi DarraghSW15360231.39Mark BonnerJMDrumoghill Running Club15459331.43Sinead McGranaghanW40Killygordon Crossroads Running15559232.06Eleanor McHughW4515660032.10Kate MullenW45Lifford Fit4life15760132.43Josephine DugganW50Drumoghill Running Club15865832.48Frances SpencerSW15953932.57Christine McCormickSW16060733.40Nuala AllanW50Raphoe Road Runners16165533.55Carole McGlincheySW16265933.55Noel McNultyM50Lifford AC16355434.21Richard KellyM60Derry City Track Club16457334.44Neil MeehanM40Lifford AC16561339.10Abby GoudieJWD&G Group Training16651739.10Laura Mc NultySWUnattached16751839.10Rhonda StrainSWUnattached16867740.37Lynette BarnettSW16967840.40Jean LairdW4017065142.35Liz McCarronW5017165342.35Catherine CraigW5017252945.00Veronica GibsonW4017353045.01T.J. GibJM17464647.41Joann DarraghSW17564547.42Laura DarraghJW17666756.17Sinead KellyW4017759556.18Harriet KilpatrickW50RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE RAPHOE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE 5K? was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014Ivan TonerRaphoe 5kResultslast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues sent the Sharks in all alone on a breakaway with a stretch pass through the neutral zone. Instead of burying a golden opportunity, the Sharks fumbled the puck and let it slip away.Despite losing five straight games heading into Monday’s clash with the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center, the Sharks received a chance to pull to within four points of first place in the Western Conference after the Kings defeated the top-seeded Calgary Flames. …last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa is to boost its renewable energy production capability. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki KhumaloDepartment of Energy spokesperson+27 12 371 8185 or +27 82 773 2388RELATED ARTICLES • New wind farm for SA • Top marks for SA energy policies• A power plant in your home • Wind power on SA’s national gridJanine ErasmusA new agreement signed by the South African government and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is to prepare the way for a solar park in the North West province.Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters and CCI chair Ira Magaziner signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2009 which will initiate a study to determine the best location for this facility, taking into account factors such as land availability, radiation levels, job creation and cost of transmission.The CCI is the arm of the William J Clinton Foundation that investigates and drives solutions to the global problem of climate change. Johannesburg is a partner city in the initiative. The organisation is also working with the Indian and Australian governments on the development of similar solar projects in those countries.This announcement comes just ahead of the much-anticipated Copenhagen Climate Conference, which takes place in the Danish capital between 7 and 18 December 2009.The solar park would essentially be a huge solar energy installation that will tap one of South Africa’s most precious natural resources – its abundant sunshine. At the same time it would boost the country’s use of renewable power and, with more producers competing for business, may also result in reduced rates. This will be welcome news for hard-pressed consumers, who are dreading more electricity tariff hikes on the horizon.By embarking on more solar project South Africa would become a world leader in this field, said Magaziner.Adding extra powerSouth Africa derives most of its electricity from the burning of fossil fuels. Figures available on the website of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre, a division of the US Department of Energy, reveal that in 2006 the country was the 13th worst carbon emitter on the planet, and the biggest culprit in Africa.In 2006 a staggering 88% of South Africa’s carbon emissions came from coal.Peters and Magaziner have indicated that the proposed park could add an initial 5 000 MW of power to the national grid. If survey and study data are positive, construction will begin around the end of 2010, with the facility coming online in 2012.While South Africa’s weather generally is conducive towards solar energy production, the North West province, with 300 days of sunshine annually, is the most likely location for the solar park.Much of the country receives, on average, over 2 500 hours of sunshine per year, according to the national energy department, with annual solar radiation levels ranging from 4 500 and 6 000 Wh/m2.Renewable energySouth Africa’s government strongly supports the concept of renewable energy and has set a target of 10 000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources – mainly biomass, wind, solar and hydro-electric on a smaller scale – by 2013.This is laid out in the white paper on renewable energy, which was approved by Cabinet in 2003. Achieving the target will bring considerable relief to the over-burdened national electricity utility Eskom, as well as bring in almost US$40.2-million (R300-million) revenue, and contribute to a cleaner environment because of reduced coal burning and water usage.Once the formalities are over, the solar park is expected to play a major role in reaching that target.Peters described the project as a sign of South Africa’s firm commitment to tackling climate change, adding that to sit back and do nothing about the global phenomenon is dangerous and that the solar park is the first of many initiatives.“Setting targets is important but all countries need to begin to act,” she said.Many opportunitiesThe country’s national energy regulator implemented a feed-in tariff system for wind energy in March 2009, becoming the first African country to do so and beating major developed countries such as the UK and US to the punch. The tariffs are guaranteed for 20 years.This means that both small- and large-scale producers of renewable energy may sell their energy to the power utility at prices above normal market level. Even householders may feed their excess renewable energy into the national grid, and be paid for it. This is aimed at encouraging wider production and use of renewable energy sources.Of the four categories of renewable energy, the other three being wind, small-scale hydro, and landfill gas, the tariff for concentrated solar power is the highest.The solar park would encourage independent power producers to set up shop in an area that is optimised for that particular industry, with infrastructure in place, support facilities available, shared generation licensing, and environmental impact studies already completed.It would create many jobs, said Magaziner, not only during the construction and later operation, but also through opportunities at nearby component manufacturing plants.last_img read more